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Director: Sarra Abidi
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The film deals with the issue of immigration from the point of view of those who are left behind, not the immigrants themselves.
The film world premiered at the Dubai International Film Festival and won two awards at the Luxor African Film Festival.
The film received support from the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image (CNCI), Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).
Benzine Poster
2017/ Tunisia90 min/ Drama
The film follows the heart-rending story of parents who have been left behind by their only son. For nine months, they haven’t heard anything from or about him since he moved to Italy.
Ali Yahyaoui
Sondos Belhassen
Jamel Chandoul
Fatma Ben Saidane
Screenwriter: Sarra Abidi
DOP: Ali Ben Abdallah
Editor: Arbi Ben Ali
Sarah Zaanoun
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Production Company(ies)
Synergy Productions
Ali Ben Abdallah
film festivals
Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), UAE
Malmo Arab Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
Beirut International Women Film Festival, Lebanon
Women Make Waves International Film Festival, Taiwan
Festival International du Film d'Aubagne, France
Imagine This Women's International Film Festival, USA
Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund, Germany
Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Tétouan, Morocco
Milan International Film Festival, Italy
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
film awards
Radwan El Kashef Award for the Best African Film and Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
“Unlike the majority of immigration stories, “Benzine” unfolds from the perspective of the people left behind.” Alissa Simon - Variety